Introducing a new place where the “cool” people (aka theater people) hang out.

Quick story from my early awkward days . . . 

When I was in college at Tisch, I , like every other student at NYU, tried to get into nightclubs on the weekend.

And for some reason, the fancy door people, with their super chic outfits, always turned me away. In hindsight, it might have something to do with my khaki pants from The Gap, white shirt from The Gap and blue blazer . . . from JC Penney.

I did get into one. Once. One of the ladies from my acting class at Strasberg took pity on me, and escorted me past the velvet rope on her arm. (You know who you are, and I’m still thankful.)

When I got inside, well, things got worse. All that I wanted to do was talk about theater! And apparently, that’s not what most people do at nightclubs.  

Ever since, I have longed for a place where I could mingle with other people who loved theater as much as I did.  A place with no dress code. No cover charge. Just passionate theater people who wanted to make theater . . . and took steps to do that.  

So we made one!

It’s online (duh), so you can even go to this “club” in your PJs. In fact, it’s on Facebook, so you already know the address.

That’s right, we created the ultimate TheaterMakers Facebook Group! And we seeded it with a ton of our friends! There are already 700 other producers, writers, directors, actors and more mingling right now!  (When you join, it’ll be like going to a nightclub that’s already “hoppin'”!)

So if you’re looking for a place where YOU belong and you want to meet other people just like you, click here.

Enjoy it. I happen to think it’s the coolest club on the planet. And who knows? You might meet someone who wants to go on your theatermaking journey with you. 

Join the free TheTheaterMakers Facebook Group here!

April 30, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

From a brand new In The Heights new trailer and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee movie musical to New York City finally opening up again . . . here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Watch Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, More in New Trailer for In The Heights Movie

The event of the summer has arrived! The newest trailer debuted during the Oscars ceremony on April 25. The trailer includes more of the storyline and plot including Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more! Did you know Lin is coming out with a new book, In The Heights, Finding Home? Pre-order here and grab your copy before June 22!

Read more: playbill.com 

 

2 – Small Business Administration Receives 1700+ SVOG Applications on First Day

“As of noon ET (April 26th), the SVOG portal had received 17,356 applications and, of those, 9,472 had been started and 7,884 had been submitted,” a rep told Variety. Venues can still apply for relief.

Read more: broadwayworld.com

 

3 – Disney Tackling ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Movie Musical (Exclusive)

The show hit Broadway in 2005 and earned six Tony nominations, winning two. Now, it is coming to the big screen with the help of Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich

 Read more: hollywoodreporter.com

 

4 – Governor Cuomo Announces Capacity Increases for Offices, Gyms, Casinos and More

Gov. Cuomo announced beginning May 19, outdoor events can increase their capacity from 25% to 33%.

Read more: broadwayworld.com

 

5 – De Blasio plans to ‘fully reopen’ NYC in July, but signals September for Broadway

Mayor De Blasio has officially announced the city will be ready to fully reopen July 1. Due to the rapid pace of vaccinations happening around the city, they will be planning for 100% reopening rates for all stores, gyms and arenas. Broadway is still delayed and planning to reopen in September. “But I’d love to see some of the smaller shows up in July and August”, de Blasio said.

Read & watch more: broadwayworld.com 

 

Fun on a Friday!

Have you had a chance to watch the Broadway Masked Singer yet?

 

 


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April 23, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Every week, there are many conversations involving our industry — new shows in development, scholarship opportunities, virtual events, discussions about Broadway’s reopening, and more! Sometimes it can be too much to keep track of week after week so my team and I have decided to share the top 5 news articles each week to help you stay in the know!!

From another In The Heights announcement to Scott Rudin “stepping back” from his projects, here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – ‘In the Heights’ to Open Tribeca Film Festival

“It is such an honor to open the 20th anniversary Tribeca Film Festival with ‘In the Heights,’” Miranda said. The opening night screening will be held at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. The movie will also be shown across the five boroughs in locations like Pier 57 Rooftop, the Empire Outlets in Staten Island, and The MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn.

Read more: variety.com 

 

2 – Broadway producer Scott Rudin steps aside amid accusations of abusive behavior going back decades, apologizes for the pain he caused

Scott Rudin will be stepping aside from his Broadway productions after accusations of “acts of intimidation” and humiliation against his employees.

Read more: washingtonpost.com

 

3 – Win Two Tickets to the Return Performance of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway

In entering this giveaway, you have a chance to win two tickets for the reopening night of Phantom and be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s personal guests! Collectors and fans around the world are invited to participate digitally in this landmark live auction event for tickets and one-of-a-kind memorabilia on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, beginning at 10 AM ET.

Read more: broadwayworld.com 

 

4 –  The Theater Industry Isn’t Lacking in Visionary Leaders. They Just Aren’t Given Seats at the Table.

After the news about Scott Rudin broke out, there was more to be said. The industry has been blocking visionary leaders for years, and now it is time for the change.

Read more: theatermania.com

 

5 – There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing

Remember the PANDEMIC WALL? Well, now there’s a new word in town: LANGUISHING. By definition, a sense of stagnation and emptiness- quite possibly the dominant emotion for 2021. But we will get through it together. Adam Grant from NY Times recommends challenging yourself and starting with the small wins.

Read more: nytimes.com

 

FUN ON A FRIDAY

Have you seen Pasek & Paul’s film, “The Greatest Showman”? Check out Jeremy Jordan’s story of his journey with the show early in its development.

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10 Inspiring Books By TheaterMakers To Read Right Now (And how to win them all!)

So, who doesn’t need a little inspirational pick-up right now?

And who better than to inspire you than some of the most successful TheaterMakers?

Below is a list of 10 Inspiring Books written by your favorite TheaterMakers, that will help inspire, entertain and educate . . . at the same time. 

And get this – we’re going to give away ALL TEN to one lucky person!  Keep reading, and at the end of the list, I’ll explain how.

I hope you’ll support the incredible hard of these TheaterMakers by picking up a copy.  Or two (I like to buy two copies of books – one for myself and one to give to someone who I know would enjoy it.)

  1. Take You Wherever You Go  by Kenny Leon
  2. A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stage by Kristen Chenoweth
  3. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
  4. Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr.
  5. Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez
  6. The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker
  7. Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood by Andrew Rannells
  8. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
  9. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  10. The Backstagers and The Ghostlight by Andy Mientus

 

Ok, to win this basket of books, here’s what to do!

  • Head over to my Instagram post about the books.
  • SHARE this post to your story and TAG me @kendavenportbway.
  • I will BUY all 10 of these books for the winner (to be announced tomorrow on my Instagram).

 

Good luck and happy reading!!!

 

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Anne-Lise Koyabe for winning this collection of books by these incredible theatermakers.

 

What is Clubhouse and do TheaterMakers need to join?

I told you!

On Tuesday, I mentioned how every few blinks a new social media platform is born.

The latest? A part podcast, part livestream, audio-only network called Clubhouse.

It’s the next variant in virtual conversations.

See, what social media did to blogging, Clubhouse is doing to podcasting.

A podcast (like a blog) is one-way recorded audio communication.  You push out an episode.  People listen.  Maybe they comment every once in a while.

Clubhouse is two-way audio communication. And it’s LIVE.

Someone like, I don’t know, me, hosts a session.  About a specific topic, like, I don’t know, when Broadway will come back. And sure, sure, I may offer my insider-opinions and share a few behind-the-scenes-secrets.  But the cool part of Clubhouse is when the hosts involve the audience.

Yep, the hosts can allow any of the followers to join the conversation, ask a question, debate an issue, etc.

It’s like public-access talk radio.

And it’s working.

There were 600,000 active weekly users in December.

There are 10,000,000 active weekly users in February.

Hello, organic growth! Nice to meet you!!!

Right now, Clubhouse is an invite-only platform.  That’s right, you can only join if you’re invited by a member – like the original Gmail. And since it’s still in its beta testing, it’s only available for iOS devices.  Can you say “velvet rope strategy”, anyone?  They are all-in on the “club” part of their name, for sure.

So what’s my prediction for this new network?  Will it flame out like Snapchat?  Or Foursquare?  Will Facebook either buy-it or crush it with a similar product (e.g. reels to TikTok’s, well, TikToks)?

Like talk-radio, Clubhouse will be a smaller platform as opposed to mainstream social media (e.g. Facebook, etc.), but its users will be MORE passionate.  These are where fan clubs will congregate to compare notes on their favorite shows and debate the ones they hate.

So yes, keep your ears on Clubhouse if avid theater fans are something you’re interested in (or if you are one!).

And by far, the best way to learn Clubhouse or ANY new platform is just to give it a try.

That’s what I’m going to do.  Like everything in the tech space, in the theater space, and in life, I’m just going to jump in and see what happens.

Yep, next Wednesday, March 24th at 2 pm EST/ 11 am PDT, I’m hosting my first clubhouse event, The Producer’s Perspective Matinee!  A 30-45 minute conversation about . . . well, shoot, why not . . .”When is Broadway coming back . . . and what is taking so long???”  And my co-hosts will be Sammi Cannold, Tim Hughes and more to be added soon!

Join me by following me on Clubhouse (@kendavenport).

I’ll talk a bit, and I’ll take questions, comments, and we’ll see what happens.

If you need an invite to Clubhouse, I can give you one. The first 5 people to follow me on Instagram and DM for an invite will get it!

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